One of the best books I have ever read and my favourite military book so far - and I've read quite a few. A couple of things other reviews I read didn't touch on.
- I found this a very very funny book. I laughed out loud, loudly in more than 5 places. Things like his descriptions of the crazy characters of his men; the mischief with the dating site, the fight between Louis and John; his sniper poo episode; the behaviour of the something-TAG sergeants in the lethal firefight. These and more were made very very funny by his telling. Perhaps Sgt Dan Mills could be a comedian in his next career.
- Dan Mills and his men expressed a genuine love of fighting. They were genuinely eager to be involved in multiple firefights, perversely happy to be shot at and incessantly mortared. He didn't try to come across as peace-loving or reluctant to be in the situation. Quite the opposite - he said how much the loved the challenge. I've never seen military characters portrayed in quite this way before.
- They were very good at their job. And they deeply loved their work. As expressed by their open mouthed admiration of "The Beast" - a new sniper weapon. And the babbling adolescent anticipation they showed before the F16 attack on a mortar position.
- The ending was a bit poignant. It was a bit disappointing that these super soldiers were unable to find better work after leaving the army. I wasn't too happy about that part. It seemed ridiculous than an elite soldier would end up as a security guard at a university. But I suppose that's the nature of a free society.